In Brief

Istanbul: ten dead in suspected Islamic State attack

Nine Germans among those killed by suicide bomber in tourist area of Sultanahmet

At least ten people, including nine German nationals, have been killed and 15 injured after a suspected Islamic State suicide bomber attacked central Istanbul.

The blast struck the tourist area of Sultanahmet near the historic Blue Mosque in Turkey's most populous city this morning. At least two of the injured are in a critical condition.

Eyewitnesses described how bodies were scattered across the square. "It was difficult to say who was alive or dead," said one.

A German tourist told AFP how she managed to escape the attack with her daughter. "We went into a nearby building and stayed there for half an hour. It was really scary," she said.

Many of those injured are also believed to be German tourists and Chancellor Angela Merkel has expressed "serious concern" about the casualties.

"Today Istanbul was hit. Paris has been hit, Tunisia has been hit, Ankara has been hit before," she said. "International terrorism is once again showing its cruel and inhuman face today."

There was a "high probability" the bombing was orchestrated by Islamic State due to the targeting of foreign tourists, said senior security officials.

Addressing the nation shortly after the bombing, Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said the attack had been carried out by a Syrian suicide bomber.

Turkey had become a "top target for all terrorist groups in the region", he added, vowing to continue "fighting against all of them equally".

The country's Deputy Prime Minister Numan Kurtulmus later said the suspect was not on a militant watchlist and was thought to have recently crossed into Turkey from Syria, the BBC reports.

The bombing comes just months after Turkey suffered the deadliest terrorist attack in its history, when a suspected IS militant killed more than 100 people at a peace march in the capital.

Recommended

Nato vs. Russia: who would win a war?
Nato troops
In Depth

Nato vs. Russia: who would win a war?

How global corruption has ‘flourished’
Slovakian Prime Minister Janez Janša
In Depth

How global corruption has ‘flourished’

Average Brit is bewildered by old-fashioned sayings
A pig
Tall Tales

Average Brit is bewildered by old-fashioned sayings

‘Ello, ello, ello, BoJo!’
Today's newspaper front pages
Today’s newspapers

‘Ello, ello, ello, BoJo!’

Popular articles

What would a Russian ‘lightning war’ against Ukraine look like?
Members of the Kiev territorial defence forces take part in drills outside Kiev, Ukraine
Getting to grips with . . .

What would a Russian ‘lightning war’ against Ukraine look like?

Is Bosnia on the brink of another civil war?
Bosnian Serb leader Milorad Dodik
In Depth

Is Bosnia on the brink of another civil war?

Why is New Zealand shutting its borders again?
Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern adjusts her face mask following a press conference
In Depth

Why is New Zealand shutting its borders again?

The Week Footer Banner